Peter's pence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Peter's pence an annual contribution made by Roman Catholics to support the papal see
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Peter's pence An annual tax or tribute, formerly paid by the English people to the pope, being a penny for every house, payable on Lammas or St.Peter's day; -- called also Rome scot, and hearth money.
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Usage

In literature:

The faith to be planted was blind submission to Rome and the annual payment of Peter's pence.
"The God-Idea of the Ancients" by Eliza Burt Gamble
This is another name for Peter's pence, formerly given to the Pope.
"English Villages" by P. H. Ditchfield
Peter's pence were collected from the people.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
THE ORIGIN OF PETER'S PENCE.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 10, Issue 282, November 10, 1827" by Various
They even paid Peter's Pence to Rome.
"Hero Tales of the Far North" by Jacob A. Riis
Peter's Pence was no longer paid by the people, so the burden of papal exaction fell wholly on the clergy.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Peter's Pence, origin of, 317.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
The Pope would recover his annates, his Peter's pence, and his indulgence market.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
Had Peter only thought to put one cent at interest, there would be no call now for Peter's pence.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
For, in California, as in other Catholic countries, the dispenser of "Peter's Pence" is sure of being held in high estimation.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
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